Doug Dohring is a California-based entrepreneur who has led several companies to success over the past three decades, focusing on innovative and highly scalable online services.
In 1986, Mr. Dohring founded The Dohring Company, which within five years became a top-100 market research firm in the United States and the nation’s largest provider of custom market research to the retail automotive industry. In 1998, with the internet growing rapidly, Mr. Dohring secured and launched OpinionSurveys.com, which he grew into a multimillion-member online market research panel. In 2004, OpinionSurveys.com was acquired by Greenfield Online, a NASDAQ-listed public company and one of the largest market research firms in the country at the time (later acquired by Microsoft).
Mr. Dohring founded NeoPets, Inc. in February, 2000. Neopets.com grew to become one of the top-ranked online youth communities in the world, generating more than 5 billion pageviews per month in 11 languages globally. Advertising Age
named Mr. Dohring one of the Top 100 Marketers of the Year in 2001.
Mr. Dohring served as Chairman and CEO of NeoPets from its inception through its successful $160 million sale to Viacom, Inc.
in June of 2005. He continued to serve as CEO through September 2006 at the request of Viacom management to complete a successful transition to a new MTV Networks management team. NeoPets and Mr. Dohring were the subject of a Harvard Business School Case Study
In February 2007, Mr. Dohring founded Age of Learning, Inc., which brought together experts in the field of education to develop and launch the comprehensive early learning website, ABCmouse.com
. ABCmouse.com offers a full curriculum for preschool, pre-k and kindergarten in the subjects of reading, mathematics, science, social studies, art and music. The goal of Age of Learning is to help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum to greatly assist early learners to succeed in early elementary school and beyond. The multi-award-winning ABCmouse.com website is offered in both home and classroom versions
, and has achieved both critical and popular success since its release in November 2010. The complete ABCmouse.com curriculum is offered free to public schools and is used by more than 40,000 classrooms throughout the United States and around the world.
Together with his wife Laurie, to whom he has been married for more than 30 years, Mr. Dohring has five grown children, including two sets of identical twins, and two grandchildren.